Jobe’s April Reads

Howdy Folks! I hope you’ve had a good reading and writing April. In addition to teaching a few weekend courses (one on memoir, and one on how to workshop, as you probably guessed from previous posts!) I’ve definitely been keeping my reading muscles strong.

This month I read Delta of Venus by Anais Nin. This is a short story collection of erotica, and I kept it simple by categorizing this one on my reading challenge as — you guessed it! — “a book of short stories.” If you’re easily hot and bothered, I don’t recommend reading this one at work! Nin’s work is velvety and delicious.

I read WE3, a dark and gritty comic from Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. This book really startled and inspired me with its innovative layouts and designs, and how well they use sparse language. Not for the faint of heart, but definitely worth the read. This one I counted as my “graphic novel.”

Next I read the kooky memoir Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. I have read this one before and the reread did not disappoint. I love this author, as well as his Aspergian author brother, John Elder Robison. Though I haven’t seen the movie, I counted this book as my “book that became a movie.”

I read Popgun Volume 1. It’s an anthology of 52 short comics, and the artwork and stories are as varied as can be. Some of these really stretched my brain! I loved seeing such a wide array of color schemes, personalized lettering, and bizarro concepts. If you like comic books you need to look into these volumes. I counted this one as my “book with a number in the title.”

Last but not least, I read The Bill From My Father by Bernard Cooper. I had the happy opportunity to meet him and Jericho Brown when they visited the UCA campus during our celebration of LGBTQ week. This book is a memoir about the difficult relationship between a son desperate for love and approval and his emotionally unavailable dad. It was funny and touching and sad and relatable. Since it was set in my birth state of California (though I’ve long considered myself an Arkansan) I counted this book as my “takes place in your hometown” — which my reading group expanded to home state.

Keep reading, keep writing, and see you next time!


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